Hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council in Brdo pri Kranju, the EU-Western Balkans summit are bringing today together leaders from EU member states and the six Western Balkans partners.The plenary session of the Summit will focus on the reaffirmation of the European perspective of the Western Balkans, development of mutual cooperation and the region’s socio-economic recovery, in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and implementation of the Economic and Investment Plan (EIP).
At this summit, the 27 EU member states, including skeptics such as France and the Netherlands, are expected to send a clear message in favor of the official launch of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia.
Yesterday, on the first day of the Summit, senior EU leaders delivered strong messages reaffirming the unity of the Union.
"We must listen to each other before strengthening our unity, as our common approach is the DNA of the European Union," European Council President Charles Michel told reporters yesterday.
Also present at the Summit was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Brdo summit today will focus on the future of the region, but a number of topics of international interest are also expected to be discussed, such as: relations with China, insecure situation in Afghanistan, troubled relations with the US due to disputes with France for the AUKUS alliance in the South Pacific and rising gas prices.